INDUSTRIAL production in Ireland was the second-slowest of all European countries.
Industrial production here rose 1.4pc in the 12 months to January. Italy was the only country to record a smaller increase among the 27 nations in the European Union.
However, Portugal posted a decline of 0.6pc, the EU's statistics office in Luxembourg said. Countries that suffered economic problems like Ireland's but adopted different solutions, such as hard-hitting austerity programmes, had the biggest rises.